Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of SurvivingBreastCancer.org is to empower breast cancer survivors, and their caregivers, from day one and beyond.  Founded on October 4, 2017, by a young breast cancer survivor, Survivingbreastcancer.org is committed to providing the resources and platform for navigating a breast cancer diagnosis.

 

We believe that an integrative approach plays an important role in not only active treatment, but also in survivorship.  Whether you are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, you are several years with no evidence of disease, or you are living with metastatic breast cancer, SurvivingBreastCancer.org is a complement to your care.

We defines survivors as anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer; you are surviving! 

We achieve our mission through three main pillars:

  • Community engagement and connection

  • Programming and support services

  • Education and information dissemination. 

Survivingbreastcancer.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting those who have been touched by breast cancer.  Whether you are caring for someone who has been diagnosed, know someone who has breast cancer, have been diagnosed yourself or carry one of the gene mutations, we understand that a breast cancer diagnosis can be life changing and overwhelming.  Out of the need to navigate the uncertainty and the strong desire for connection, support, and resources, surivingbreastcancer.org was born.

A fundamental piece of the breast cancer journey revolves around well-being and quality of life.  This translates into how community, education, support, and wellness complement one's treatment plans and continues not only through survivorship, but thrivership! ​ 

 

Executive

Director

Laura Carfang, Ed.D. is SurvivingBreastCancer.org's Executive Director.  She has set out the strategic vision for expanding the organization and is a firm believer that everyone's voice should be heard. She's an advocate, mentor, leader, and visionary with over 10+ years working in education, development and programming in the non-profit sector.

Volunteers

Without the support and contributions from our dedicated team of volunteers, our work would not be possible. From executing events and  spearheading marketing campaigns, to fundraising and administration, our impact is made possible  because of them! 

 

Interested in joining the team, contact us.  

Volunteering at our exhibit booth at the NCoBC conference in Las Vegas. 
Volunteers speaking at a breast cancer event in Atlanta.
Volunteers celebrating a great Survivors and Friends event in Chicago. 
 

Alicia Duncan

Northwest Regional Ambassador

My name is Alicia Duncan and I am not only thriving as a stage 3 breast cancer survivor of almost 9 years, but I am a wife, and parent to mine and my wife’s 18 year old son and 4 fur babies. I work in public safety and am born and raised in Oregon. 

 

I am so grateful to be apart of survivingbreastcancer.org! I first discovered this organization from the podcast and knew I had to get involved. Laura and William’s mission is exactly the type of organization I want to be apart of.  Breast Cancer Survivors and their families need to feel important and supported. Just knowing you’re not alone is exactly what anyone facing the terrible news “you have breast cancer,” needs. 

Swati Yarlagadda

Digital Markering & Communications

Swati Yarlagadda was born and brought up in Austin, Texas and has recently moved to Baltimore, Maryland to study Neuroscience at John's Hopkins University. She discovered her passion for healthcare at an early age when she began volunteering with special needs students during middle school and throughout high school and is currently aiming to continue pursuing that passion by becoming a doctor. Above all, Swati is super excited to be a part of the SBC team! 

Madhumitha Sabhanyagam, B.SC,

Community Outreach 

Maddie is currently pursuing her MSBA degree at UMass Boston!

she loves to go hiking and finding new food spots in Boston. 

She is Looking forward to making a difference in her own way every day!

Aditi Patel

Database Management

Aditi Patel, is from India and she is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Science from UMass Boston. She hails from a country with little, if not insignificant, awareness of breast cancer. She believes that it is timely and critical to increase and spread awareness for the betterment of womankind.  She is delighted to be a part of the Surviving Breast Cancer Organization. Her passion for Programming and Data Analysis that  keeps her going and she is thrilled to be volunteering her skillset to bettering society. 

When Aditi is not coding, you can find her near the bay listening to songs or reading books.

Jasmine Shukla

Content Writing & Communications

I am Jasmine Shukla, a Graduate Student at UMass Boston majoring in Finance and I have an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering. My home country is India. I am the Event Management and Communications Volunteer in the surviving breast cancer organization. Coming from a developing country where people barely know about this and where discussing something like this is considered a taboo, I feel it is not only necessary to make people understand about its impact on women but also  must allow  people to openly talk about it in order to spread awareness. Lastly and most importantly helping women who suffer or have suffered from it in the past grow and enjoy their lives which they deserve. For hobbies, I would just say that 'One will find me either binge-watching some Korean Drama or having a pleasant walk by the bay with music on during my leisure time'.  .

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Laura Carfang, M.A., Ed.D. 

Board Member, President

Boston, MA

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Anthony Carfang, MBA

Board Member 

Chicago, IL

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William Laferriere, MBA

Treasurer & Secretary, Board Member

Boston, MA

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Meghann Sweeney, JD

Board Member 

Denver, CO

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Kathleen C. Boyle, Ph.D. 

Board Member

South Bend, IN

The Board of Directors

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